Saturday, December 18, 2010

December's Scrap Club Layouts

There were two Workshops-on-the-Go (from this quarter's Idea Book) that my Scrap Club ladies preferred not to do, so they requested that I create a couple of layouts using older paper packs.  Last month, we used Grace (with a little Silhouette) and this month we used "You Rock".  Since I just became a Close To My Heart consultant last May, I had missed doing both these Workshop-on-the-Go kits and was willing (and eager) to make some layouts using these fabulous papers.  In addition, I had been wanting to use the puddle pad technique as I had seen on an Art & Soul "Live Your Dreams" episode.  Unfortunately, once an idea book ends, the WOTG kits are no longer available. :(  Therefore, I only had a picture to go by on CTMH's consultant website, which meant I didn't have any cutting measurements OR the "Just Be You" exclusive stamp set.  That's okay, though.  I just used the Star Power set, which I wanted an excuse to get that set!  LOL
Overall, it's a pretty simple looking layout, but I think there are some techniques that make it a little more interesting.  First of all, when I stamped the title/photo background, I used several post-it notes to create a 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" mask.  However, after selecting my photos for the layout, I really didn't want to cut the picture that small.  After all, I want to be able to look back at those pudgy little arms and fingers, and how would I do that if I cut them off?  Actually...a little side note...when I showed my husband the layout, he said to me, "I remember that shirt."  Don't ask me why that's the first thing he noticed, but he did.  Next he commented on how pudgy our son was back then...now he's wearing a 10 slim.  My son definitely didn't get that from me...pudgy, yes; slim, no.  ;)  At any rate, I just extended the mask, so I could create a frame (almost) all the way around the photo.  Of course, it isn't necessary to do it that way.  You could just stamp as you normally would.  After all, the photo will cover it up.  However, I did it this way, primarily for the purpose of the club...to show where the photo would go.  Here you can see what I mean.
This is how it was done for Scrap Club.
Here's how I altered it for my photo.  I also used stamped and cut out the letters and popped them with 3D foam tape, primarily because I needed to cover up a mistake I made. (Ssshhhhh!  That will be our little secret.)
Another little fun thing that I was pleased with, was how the middle photo on the right page turned out.  Again, I just couldn't bear to cut off his sweet little legs, so I thought I'd cut around them.  What's funny to me, is when I first started scrapbooking many moons ago, we did this sort of thing all the time.  The one thing I've learned over the years, which is something that we didn't do such a great job at back then, is that it's okay to cut out the photos this way...but just make sure the picture is "grounded".  What made our silhouette cuts look so bad a decade ago was that they often were just floating aimlessly in the air (if you will).  For example, if I had cut him and the swing out entirely and added it to the page, it would look best if I grounded the chains to something overhead, so it looks attached.  (I hope this is making sense.)  Anyway, I absolutely love how it looks as if he is coming out of the page.  Very cool...I think.
Something different I did, that wasn't done on the WOTG layout, is that I stamped the swirls with Daisy White pigment ink, rather than using the Mini-medley accents outdoor denim collection and Top Coats Rockin', neither of which I owned when I made this layout.

Here's the second layout I made for Scrap Club.  The sketch is from Cherish and is called Top Ten.  Now you know where I got the inspiration for the title.  It's a great title for a club, because scappers can alter it to fit just about anything.  For example, "Top Ten...reasons I love you."  "Top Ten...things about me." "Top Ten....favorite ____________."  I was actually thinking I might do a "Top Ten Favorite Bands" and put pictures of some of the concerts I've been to.  I also thought about using it for "My Top Ten Loves" and include people, animals, and various inanimate things I love, like....hmmmm....I don't know....maybe scrapbooking and stamping?  Anyway, you've got the idea.  I'm not going post details about this layout yet, as I plan on changing it up and I want to add photos first.  Of course, though, when I finish it, I'll post it here.
Supply list for "Be You" 
Techniques used: Puddle pad, Masking, second generation stamping, sponging, random stamping, rolling, distressing
My Acrylix Stamps used: Building Block Alphabet, Star Power, The Works
Papers Used: You Rock Level 2 Packet
Tools used: Micro-tipped Scissors, VersaMat, Edge Distresser, Piercing Tools, Fiskars Paper Trimmer, sponge
Exclusive Ink Colors used: Sunflower, Goldrush, Outdoor Denim, Olive, White Daisy (pigment)
Exclusive Inks Markers: Outdoor Denim
Embellishments used: Dimensional Elements Booksmart, Brads (unknown brand)
Adhesives used: 3D Foam Tape, Scotch ATG
My Acrylix Blocks I used: 1 x 1, 1 x 1 1/2, 2 x 2, 2 x 3 1/2, 2 x 6 1/2, 3 x 3
Other: Baby wipes,  Post-it notes

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